It is Trashy Tuesday, and you know what that means.
I AM TALKING TRASH TODAY, YOU HAVE TO SIT DOWN FOR THIS ONE
Now back to Le Trash:
I may have mentioned somewhere along the way here that I really wished for a beautiful built in type work space for my family room. I had some ideas in place, a nice desk, vintagey feel, I wanted to use some of the many bookshelves I have on hand, add some moulding and pull it all together with some paint.
And, for some reason, I wanted it NOW. Even though it has been on my mind for a while, and I PROMISED myself I would finish my Master Bedroom makeover before I dumped it for another room…..The built in idea cut in line when I was at a client’s home admiring her newly built gorgeous built in, and this one from Corrie at Red Hen Home.
Remember how I said, if you think about it, eventually it will show up in the trash somewhere, for free? Well guess what.
SHUT THE FRONT DOOR, OPEN IT AND SHUT IT AGAIN!!!!!!!!!
I found it. On a whim. I was not in my usual “area” of cruising for dumpsters, but I decided to swing past an industrial area of town (I do this occasionally, found a couch there once). Friday morning, all by it’s lonesome, was the desk of my dreams, left for dead outside a warehouse.
It was massive. I knew even my strength would be no match to heave-ho this thing into my van. What’s a girl to do? To prevent someone else from taking my treasure, I took all the drawers, headed home to get the kids off to school. Went back, now it was about 8:00 a.m. Perfect time to find some helpful men arriving for work at nearby warehouses. Back to my treasure. Sure enough, only had to wait about one minute, when not one, but TWO guys showed up for work and I used my charming persuasive personality to convince them (asked nicely) if they would help me get the beast into my van.
Are your eyes rolling back in your head now, or is that just moi?
Amazing part two. Once I got it home, I found with the right amount of just inching it out of my van + dragging it into house + lifting inch by inch onto furniture gliders = me getting into the place where it will actually live.
Here is my final vision. Two smaller bookcases I already own and purchased for $5 each. This top cut down from last week’s Trash find to top the book shelves and make it look like one unit:
(Not the decorative shelf on top, which I did fix up and am selling at Paris Flea 😉
Painted cream to coordinate with my cabs, can you see it?
And! I bought this chair last month for $35 from a Thrift Store. It is in perfect condition, just needs a little TLC. The same chair (not as nice I might add is selling at Pottery Barn for $399!!!
I know, I know, you are all applauding. Trust me, my back is aching from taking a bow. Or maybe it was from moving the desk……..